We told you back in March that ALDI was building its first grocery store in Northeast Mississippi in Tupelo sometime this year – we just didn’t know exactly when. But we figured we would be hearing from them soon, since the old Ryan’s location was razed in recent weeks and the lot has now been cleared.
Finally, we have official word from the company. Troy Marshall, Mt. Juliet division vice president for ALDI said this:
We’re excited to share that Tupelo will be home to a new ALDI store, and we look forward to bringing the community fresh, high-quality groceries at the lowest possible prices. Our goal is to open the Tupelo location, at 3990 N. Gloster St., in the fall. We’ll be sure to follow up with you when we have more specific details to share regarding the Grand Opening date and festivities.
The 20,000-square-foot store will be the third ALDI in Mississippi, joining locations in Southaven and Olive Branch.
The Tupelo store is part of ALDI’s huge expansion plans. On Monday, Germany-based ALDI announced a $5 billion expansion plan for the U.S. that will make it the third-largest grocery chain behind Walmart and Kroger.
ALDI had earlier announced a $1.6 billion plan to remodel 1,300 stores by 2020, but said Monday it planned to grow to 2,500 stores by 2022 with a $3.4 billion capital investment. The company – which currently has 1,600 stores in 35 states – also is adding 25,000 jobs in its stores, warehouses and offices with the five-year project.
“We pioneered a grocery model built around value, convenience, quality and selection and now ALDI is one of America’s favorite and fastest growing retailers,” said Jason Hart, CEO. “We’re growing at a time when other retailers are struggling. We are giving our customers what they want, which is more organic produce, antibiotic-free meats and fresh healthier options across the store, all at unmatched prices up to 50 percent lower than traditional grocery stores.”
In a press release, ALDI said it “has continued to evolve its selection of products to include more fresh foods, gluten-free options and award-winning products throughout the store. ALDI also continues to increase its offering of fresh and sustainable seafood, specialty wines and cheeses, organic items from its SimplyNature line, and award- winning Little Journey baby products. ALDI was the first grocery store to offer all of its exclusive products free of certified synthetic colors, added trans fat and added MSG.”
While a typical supermarket carries about 30,000 items, ALDI says it sells “only the weekly must-haves”
Aldi keep costs low by limiting the bulk of its merchandise to its own store labels, keeping their selection limited, limiting store hours and keeping their stores small.
The stores tend to have fewer aisles than typical U.S. supermarkets, and products are often stocked on the shelves in the boxes they arrived in. Shoppers also expected to bring their own bags unless they want to pay 10 cents for a plastic bag or 7 cents for a paper one. Shopping carts are available for a 25-cent refundable deposit.